Shabbat Shalom and we so look forward to seeing you all tonight at 7 PM via zoom (SEE ZOOM LINK BELOW) and in person in our beloved shul (no more than 10 people following social distance).
Hazzan Ben-Moshe’sWeekly Message:This week we read Parshat Pinhas, which begins with God’s confirmation of Pinhas Ben El’azar as the next High Priest, because of (or in spite of) his extrajudicial killing of Zimri Ben Sallu and Kozbi Bat Tzur, which ended the plague of Ba’al P’or. The parshah continues with the story of the daughters of Tzlof’had demanding that they receive their father’s inheritance in the Land of Israel, the ordination of Yehoshu’a as the next leader of the People of Israel, and concludes with the order of statutory sacrifices. The story of the daughters of Tzlof’had-Mahlah, No’ah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirtzhah-is an interesting one. The five challenge the rule, stated earlier in the Torah, that if a man dies without sons, his estate falls to his nearest male relative. The daughters affirm their right to inherit from their father as his children-and Moshe, instead of dismissing their claim, asks God for guidance. God actually changes the rule of the Torah-daughters who have no brothers do indeed become heirs. Thirty-eight years after leaving Mount Sinai, God reveals a new law of Torah to Moshe, thus illustrating an important part of Jewish Tradition. Torah is not static-it evolves and changes, even as the People of Israel evolve and change. Chapter One of Pirkei Avoth details the transmission of Torah from Moshe to the Sages-but the teaching and practice of Torah changed so much over that time that the Midrash tells us that Moshe had a vision of the Beith Midrash of Rabbi ‘Aqiva in which he could not understand the teaching, but was assured that this was “the Torah of Moshe from Sinai”. Our Tradition may change with the times, but is still based on Torah and its values. Shabbat Shalom.Hazzan Yitzhak Ben-Moshe
Candle lighting in Austin at 8:18 PM.Annual Meeting July 12Also, save the date. Our annual “state of the shul” meeting will be held on Sunday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m.
The meeting will be in person (up to 10) at the shul and via zoom.Annual Meeting Zoom Link:
We plan to discuss shul business and elect officers for the upcoming year. To nominate a current member as an officer, please send an email to Bob Miller, secretary and chair of the nominating committee at
Nominations should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 7 days before the board meeting. The meeting is open to all – they are always a great deal of fun and very inspiring. We are blessed to be part of this small, yet vibrant and truly chesed filled congregation.